After some incredible firework displays lit up London last weekend, we feel slightly bereft. But we’re in luck as there are even more chances to see twinkly lights on Saturday. Plus, London’s Earls Court is holding a huge dog show for all of London’s pet lovers, and on top of that, we have two exciting events happening next week. So without further delay, bring on the weekend.
Lord Mayor’s Show (9th November)
It may be a bit of a pompous ceremony dating back to 1215, but it manages to stop traffic across central London, so it’s a big deal. The extravagant procession celebrating the introduction of a new City of London mayor starts and ends in Mansion House, commencing at 11am, when it heads to the Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand, via St Paul’s and Fleet Street. This year’s mayor is Fiona Woolf, a leading lawyer and only the second woman to ever hold the post. Over 7,000 people will participate in her procession from London groups like the Band of the Royal Air Force and Women in the City and Livery.
Even if this isn’t for you, don’t avoid the celebrations, as there are fireworks at 5pm. This dizzying finale is one of the best displays in the London calendar and it’s free, so there’s no reason not to pop down.
Regent Street Christmas Lights, Regent Street (9th Nov)
The Lord Mayor’s Show won’t be the only place to see fireworks on Saturday. During the Regent Street Christmas Lights ceremony, there will fireworks as well as performances from Leona Lewis, Passenger and Eliza Doolittle. The 30-minute show starts at 7pm and will be hosted by Heart’s Emma Bunton and Jamie Theakston. The lucky pair who get to flip the switch this year are Modern Family’s Ty Burrell, who voices Mr Peabody in Dreamworks’ Mr Peabody and Sherman, and the film’s director Rob Minkoff.
Before 7pm, Regent Street will be car-free, with a fashion show at 3pm along the street. All the major Regent Street brands, like Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, will be showing off their a/w collections to passing shoppers and onlookers.
Discover Dogs, Earl’s Court (9th – 10th Nov)
The Kennel Club’s annual dog extravaganza returns to Earls Court and is bringing over 200 breeds with it. The dogs come in all shapes and sizes, from well-known breeds like Boxers and Spaniels to vulnerable ones like the Manchester terriers or the Dandie Dinmonts. You don’t have to be on the market for a dog, just keen-ine enough to enjoy watching them. There will be dog-breeders and trainers to chat to as well as competitions and shows.
Wrap up London 2013, London (11th Nov – 15th Nov)
Normally our London Picks concentrate on what’s happening over the weekend. However, this week, there are two very special events that we want to tell you about.
The first one is Wrap Up London. Now in its third year, Wrap Up London is a coat collection campaign for the homeless run by Hands on London. All they ask is for you to donate your old winter coats for them to give to charities and shelters who can give them to the homeless. Last year, they distributed 8,520 coats to 68 different shelters and refuges. This year they aim to beat that and give away over 10,000 coats to 100 London charities. But they’ll need your help to do it.
On Monday and Tuesday, volunteers will be distributing flyers to raise awareness for the cause. Then between 13th and 15th November, 7am – 11am, there will be collection points at major London stations where people can donate their coats. Volunteers will be waiting at Waterloo, Kings Cross, Charing Cross, London Bridge, Liverpool Street, Paddington, Victoria, Euston, Baker Street, Canary Wharf, and Highbury and Islington.
Please take the time to rummage through your wardrobe for any old coats that you don’t wear.
Little City Observationist Photography Exhibition Little City Observations, The Chance Gallery (12th Nov – 17th Nov)
Our friend the Little London Observationist, aka Stephanie Sadler, has her first ever solo exhibition at The Chance Gallery next week. The exhibition, called “Little City Observations”, will feature 18 of Sadler’s incredible photograph prints. These prints, like her award-winning blog, are a mixture of colour and black and white photographs of London and other cities she has visited.
The exhibition has been funded with the help of 39 Kickstarter backers, who pledged a total of £2,405. Anyone who enjoys city photography must go and see her free show.